Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university with campuses throughout Michigan and online. It was founded in 1866 by Conrad Swensburg and currently offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees; diplomas; and post-grad certification programs in business, technology, health professions, and graduate studies (MBA).
|Motto||Get where the world is going|
|President||Richard Pappas, Ed.D.|
|Provost||Linda Rinker, Ed.D.|
6191 Kraft Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512,
69 acres (0.28 km2)
|Colors||Red and Black|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
Davenport's W.A. Lettinga Main Campus is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The main campus includes student organizations, residence halls, and athletic programs.
The predecessor to the modern Davenport University was founded in 1866 by Conrad G. Swensburg, a Union Army Veteran who returned to Michigan from the Civil War. The college, located in downtown Grand Rapids, opened with sixteen students as the Grand Rapids Business College on January 25, 1866. The college offered courses in various office skills, such as bookkeeping, penmanship, business law, and arithmetic.
The college operated under various names and in several locations in Grand Rapids throughout its early history. By 1910 the college was on the verge of closing. Michael E. Davenport, a new teacher at the school, reinvigorated the remaining staff and eventually took over the school's leadership in an attempt to revive it.
The school gained accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1976 and grew rapidly during the mid to late 1900s and expanded with campus locations across Michigan.
Davenport University's W.A. Lettinga Main Campus is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The campus contains three academic buildings, a field house/student activities center, two suite style residence halls, and one traditional style residence hall with a full cafeteria.
The Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel Academic Center is the main academic building on the campus. The 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) building was complete in 2005 at the cost of $23 million. It includes state-of-the-art classroom and technology space and was constructed to look like a large office building in concert with Davenport University's focus on business, technology, and health degrees. The facility includes academic advising, career services, and university offices, the campus bookstore and spirit shop, a café and dining location, the Margaret D. Sneden Library.
The Robert W. Sneden Center, completed in 2010, is an $8.5 million 41,000 sq ft (3,800 m2) academic and arts extension connecting to the existing DeVos and Van Andel Academic Center. The extension features additional classroom and technology space, faculty office space, and a modern 220-seat auditorium.
The Donald W. Maine Business Building is a state-of-the-art business building designed to incorporate multi-media technology. The Donald W. Maine College of Business building will be more than 60,000 square feet. Additionally, a new Entrepreneurial Center will provide individuals seeking to start and grow businesses right here in West Michigan opportunities to consult with professionals at each stage in the process.
The Student Center opened in 2008 and became the fourth LEED certified building on the main DU campus. The 87,000 sq ft (8,100 m2). facility houses meeting rooms, student social areas, Student Life Office, the Student Center Café- a third on-campus dining area, fitness center with indoor rock climbing wall and suspended a running track, and an indoor basketball and volleyball court. The Field House is connected to the Student Center and is a 1,500-seat arena that serves as the home for DU Panthers men's & women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.
Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, Davenport is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and NCAA Division II. In addition to national team championships in competitive cheer, hockey, lacrosse, rugby and soccer, plus individual championships in track & field, Davenport's men's and women's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, dance, football, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
In recent years DU has undergone a transition from a commuter and online business school to include characteristics of a traditional university. The school has increased its athletic program, athletic facilities, and student life facilities. Davenport currently has three residence halls on the main campus, with an off-campus apartment complex.
Peter C. and Pat Cook Residence Hall or Cook Hall was the first residence hall constructed on campus; it is a four-story apartment-living style residence hall named for long-time donors Peter and Pat Cook. Fred and Lena Meijer Residence Hall is a five-story residence hall on the DU campus, and offers apartment-living style rooms for on campus students much like Cook Hall. South Residence Hall is a four-story residence halls that offers traditional dorm-style living. South Hall is the residence hall for Freshman students living on campus. The hall also includes a large dining area. One off-campus apartment complex is called Panther Woods, and features four buildings. The other off-campus apartment complex is called Panther Ridge and features three buildings.
Farmer's Athletic ComplexEdit
Built near the W.A. Lettinga Main Campus, Davenport University's new Farmer's Athletic Complex was dedicated in March 2013. It features home fields for the school's baseball and softball programs as well as eight courts for the school's tennis programs. In 2016 Davenport finished building its new outdoor facility hosting a new football stadium, soccer field, and 9 lane track and field complex. Along with this facility came an athletic support building housing new athletic offices, training room, locker rooms, and weight room.
In addition to the main campus, Davenport University offers classes at other locations throughout Michigan including a Corporate Campus in Grand Rapids; institutional campuses in Holland, Lansing, Midland, and Warren; as well as University Center locations at Mott Community College (Flint), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo), Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City), Wayne Community College (Detroit), and Macomb Community College (Clinton Township).
|U.S. News & World Report||Not Ranked|
|Washington Monthly||Not Ranked|
|U.S. News & World Report||122|
|Master's University class|
Davenport University offers more than 50 areas of study and confers degrees from its five colleges. The university has a faculty-student ratio of 14:1 and an acceptance rate of 82%. Davenport specializes in business majors, with the Business Administration and Management program being the most popular major at the university with close to 20% of enrolled undergraduate students. Other popular majors include: Accounting, Business/Commerce, Marketing/Marketing Management, and Human Resources Management.
The university is classified as a Master’s college and university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. For the 2011-12 academic year, the university was ranked 529th by The Washington Monthly Master’s Universities Rankings. For the 2018 academic year, the university was ranked 122nd by U.S. News & World Report. DU has full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Davenport received its ten-year renewal in 2003-2004.
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- The College of Health Professions
- The College of Technology
- The Donald W. Maine College of Business
- The College of Urban Education
Student profile and lifeEdit
There are currently approximately 7,500 enrolled students.
- Average age:
- 23 at Grand Rapids Lettinga Campus
- 28 at the Undergraduate Level
- 34 at the Graduate Level
- 37% part-time, 71% full-time 
- 56% female, 44% male
- 112 international students from 34 countries
- Approximately 95% of full-time students receive aid.
- Average of 12 students per class.
Davenport University athletic teams are known as the Panthers, fielding 25 sports. Most teams compete in the GLIAC conference of NCAA Division II, having previously been a member of the NAIA and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference prior to 2017-18. Women's lacrosse is a member of the National Women's Lacrosse League, while men's lacrosse is a member of the MCLA Division I in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association.. Men's rugby competes at the Division I level of USA Rugby's Midwest Rugby Union. Men's ice hockey competes in the ACHA Division I in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League, and a second hockey team competes in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC) at the ACHA DIII level.
- Peter C. Cook — Business man and Philanthropist
- Wilbur Lettinga — Entrepreneur
- Mark Peters — CEO of Butterball Farms, Inc.
- F. Jack Meyering — Founder of Atlas Truck Rental & Leasing
- David Slikkers — Director of Government Relations at S2 Yachts, Inc.
- Carlos Sanchez — Director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- JP Eloff — plays for the United States national rugby union team
- Angus MacLellan — plays for the United States national rugby union team
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